Kamaru Usman describes disorienting aftermath of UFC 278 knockout loss: ‘Leon gave me a 20-minute nap’

Kamaru Usman remembers fighting Leon Edwards the last second before answering questions in the ambulance.

The former UFC welterweight champion was headed to the wrong end of the main event at UFC 278 as he was knocked down by Edwards and lay flat on the canvas, no longer above the 170-pound division.Usman offers his recollections of the finish in an appearance This Joe Rogan experience, While he said he felt good, the aftermath of Usman’s first KO loss was mixed at best.

“I’m fine,” Usman said. “I watched the fight and I was fine. I was talking, I was talking to Trevor [Wittman], I’ve talked to everyone because you know you go back and then you get into the medical tent and they’ll take care of you and all that. I talked to my family and I hugged everyone because it was the video and everything. I remember sitting. Like, Leon gave me a 20 minute nap.

“I was laughing hysterically in the hospital because I had to go in for a scan and all that, and it was fine. I came right away, I was in the ambulance, and they asked, ‘Do you know where you are? I thought,’ Yeah, Salt Lake City. UFC 278. They were like, ‘What was your date of birth? I answered them. They were like, ‘Wow, perfect. I answered everything perfectly.'”

Everything was crystal clear before the knockout round for Usman, who explained that even after he lost all three scorecards in the first round, he had put himself in a “zone” where he knew he was Will control myself for the rest of the time. fight.

“In the first round, the fight was going on and it happened,” Usman said. “He hooked my leg and it was my knee that broke – neither of them were the best – so I thought, ok, let me let him through. I tried to convince him, but his position Great, kudos to him, I got knocked down. I was probably more saddened and gave up on that delete. I was like, ‘F***! I gave up on the delete.’

“So we got down and he stepped back and I just calmed down and waited for the bell and the bell rang and I got up – I didn’t realize it until I watched the counter come back – I got up and I kind of laughed. I got up and jogged back to my corner, but I looked at it and I thought, ok, I know that’s where I was at the time. I was in that zone, and I was indifferent to whatever was going on. I’m going to make it me the way you want.”

Sure enough, Usman won the next three rounds to prepare for his sixth straight title defense and improve the UFC record to 16-0 when disaster struck.

Usman vividly recalls trying to build his own dramatic ending before Edwards pre-empts and puts Usman to sleep.

“What I want to do is get him up, I’m going to give him the fist he can’t see, and I want him to sit down and get him out of there,” Usman said. “I want to throw as firmly as I do. [Jorge] Masvidal, get him out of there. What I’m going to do is rock left, rock right, and I’ll let go, but I have to get him moving first, and I’m not doing that well.

“I’m moving, moving, well, I’ve got him set up, but I really don’t. I’m rocking left, I’m rocking right, I’m in an ambulance, and they ask me, ‘You know you’re in Where? I thought, ‘What the fuck is this?’”

While Usman looked fine, he was still taken to hospital for further tests, giving him plenty of time to think about the reason for the loss. It was only the second time Usman didn’t raise his hand in a fight, and he still considers his first loss — in his second professional fight in 2013, by a post-naked choke to Jose . Cáceres Submitted – Worse.

He was also relieved to know that the knockout round that cost him the title was due to his own error and had nothing to do with Edwards’ luck.

“I’m fine,” Usman said of his condition in the hospital. “I’m fine. I may be disappointed by the loss, but I’m not as upset as the first loss of my career. The one with me. It’s the uncertainty of the future and also because there’s nothing I can do, I can’t defend myself because I don’t have the knowledge. That’s what saddens me the most.  …with this, I know my mistake. That’s one thing I’ve said, and I’m very, very much to myself Honesty. I’m being honest with myself and I’m like, ‘S***, well, he got me. He got me. I didn’t do what I wanted to do, he got me.

“I don’t like everyone saying ‘he’s lucky’. Yes, of course he’s lucky. But for me, luck isn’t what everyone is saying. Luck is about being prepared to meet chance – and that’s for me Call it luck. You can’t tell me that Leon didn’t train that kick. Of course he did. I’m not even a lefty, I trained that kick. I know he trained that kick, and there are ones he actually trains Video – Of course he trained, which is what a full-scale world No. 1 MMA contender should do. Yes, he did get lucky. He was going to kick like that. I gave him a chance and he scored Ball, here we are.”

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